Mohammed Atta, who flew American Airlines flight 11 into the North Tower of the Commercial Trade Center in New York, and Mohammed Kbeishi, who blew himself up at the Nahariya railroad station that very same week were brothers under the skin. Both believed that their terrorist act against the "infidels" was gaining them entry to Paradise. It may take a while before the specific organizers of the horrendous terrorist outrage directed against the United States are identified and located, but one thing is already crystal clear. Islamic fundamentalist groups promising Paradise with its sensuous pleasures to any true believer who sacrifices his life in order to kill the "enemies of Islam" are at the root of the recent attack on the United States as well as behind all the other suicide bombers that have made an appearance in recent years.
No research is needed to identify them: Osama bin Laden's group in Afghanistan and Sudan, Iranian-backed and Syrian-supported Hezbollah operating out of Lebanon, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA) fundamentalists are the most prominent. All of them are fervent believers in terrorism and promise entry to Paradise to those of their members who lose their lives while committing acts of terror. Between them they are responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of innocent victims in recent years. Some or all of them were probably involved in some way in last week's attacks on New York and Washington.
In recent years there are growing signs that some of Israel's Arab citizens participating in acts of terror. The attack at the Nahariya railroad station was the first time that an Israeli Arab citizen had become a suicide bomber. Mohammed Habeishi from the Galilee village of Abu Snan, not far from Nahariya, was an Israeli citizen who had run for the post of mayor of Abu Snan in the last elections in that town. He was a member of the Islamic Movement that has been active in Israel for some years. This well organized movement is in the process of spreading its tentacles into most of the towns and villages of Israel's Muslim Arab population, and has been successful in making inroads into Israel's Bedouin community in the Negev and in the Galilee.
Despite the fact that the movement preaches hatred of Israel and that some of its disciples have committed acts of terror against Israel's Jewish citizens, it operates as a legal political and charitable organization. Although much is made of the difference between its "northern" and "southern" branches, both preach enmity of Israel in equal measure and serve as breeding grounds for Arab Muslim youth who become terrorists under the guidance of Hamas or the Islamic Jihad, or else on their own initiative.
Believe it or not, a member of the Islamic Movement, Abdulmalik Dehamshe, is not only a member of the Knesset but has also been chosen to be a deputy speaker of the Knesset. A member of the Raam faction in the Knesset headed by Dehamshe, Hashem Mahameed, has been appointed to the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, which has the responsibility of overseeing the activities of the Israel Defense Forces and Israel's security services. It would seem that some suicidal tendencies have rubbed off on Israel's political establishment.
By every criterion the Islamic Movement is a subversive movement having no claim to legality in a democratic society. It slanders Jews, preaches enmity to Israel, incites to violence, and is a breeding ground for terrorists. Each year, and again this last week, it organizes a mass rally in the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm under the banner "Al-Aqsa is in danger". The implication is clear: The Jews are threatening the destruction of Al-Aqsa mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Frequent calls for jihad (Holy War) are heard at these rallies, presumably for the defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Year after year this ritual goes on attracting larger crowds. Israeli governments, the judicial establishment, and the police stand by silently, in the mistaken belief that the norms of democracy obligate Israel to permit this pernicious and subversive activity of the Islamic Movement.
It is high time that the Islamic Movement be outlawed and its leaders prosecuted for their subversive activities. If they not, they are likely to draw into their ranks a sizable proportion of Israel's Muslim citizens and unleash a wave of terror against Israel's institutions and Jewish citizens.
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